Staff at centre of improvements

16th April 2004 at 01:00
Your article on interim boards (TES, March 26) reflected well the problems at Washwood Heath that centred on the governance and management of the school.

However, it should be remembered that any school improvement strategy, this one included, relies on the commitment, hard work and support of the teaching and non-teaching staff in the school.

The staff have done a fantastic job contributing to the school coming out of special measures and helping the pupils achieve their best-ever set of exam results last year.

The leadership and management of a school is another key ingredient for school improvement. At Washwood Heath, headteacher George McHugh and his senior team have worked with the interim board and officers from the city council to drive forward the improvements and ensure the school has a firm foundation for the future.

Birmingham has for a long time led the way in school improvement and identified leadership, management and organisation and the practice of teaching and learning as fundamental to the success of a school.

Tony Howell Strategic director of learning and culture Birmingham City Council

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